Do You Hate Your CPAP?
You May Qualify for an Oral Appliance that Will Allow You to Ditch Your CPAP Machine for Good!
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common form of apnea affecting an estimated 24% of adult woman and 40% of adult men who are habitual snorers according to The American Academy of Sleep Medicine. That is about 30 million people in the US and out of that number, only about 10% have been diagnosed. Approximately ½ of people who snore loudly have OSA.
OSA occurs when there are repeated episodes of complete or partial blockage of the upper airway during sleep. These episodes can interfere with sound sleep therefore, reducing the flow of oxygen to vital organs and cause irregular heart rhythms.
Symptoms of OSA are:
- Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
- Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, depression or irritability
- Headaches in the morning
- Night sweats
- Restlessness during sleep
- Sexual dysfunction
- Sudden awakenings with a sensation of gasping or choking
- Difficulty getting up in the mornings
OSA has proven medical connections to:
- Heart attack/failure
- Mental impairment
According to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, approximately 38,000 deaths occur on an annual basis that in one way or another are connected to sleep apnea. These problems include high blood pressure, hypertension and stroke, among others. An estimated six million American residents suffer from sleep apnea that is moderate to severe and may require a late night visit to the emergency room. Unfortunately, a great many people do not, as previously mentioned, even realize that they suffer from sleep apnea. This number is somewhere around 500,000 individuals.
The CPAP is a common remedy to alleviate these symptoms; however, the CPAP is not easily tolerated by its users and their partners. Studies have shown that about 50% of users cannot tolerate the CPAP properly. The machine is loud, the headpiece uncomfortable and partners often have to leave the bedroom for a decent night’s sleep.
Dr. Eric-John Claessens, DDS offers a CPAP oral appliance alternative for patients who do not respond to, are not appropriate candidates for, or who fail treatment attempts with CPAP.
There are two ways to see if you are a candidate for the oral appliance. Dr. Claessens can give you a simple take home test where you can do a sleep study in the comfort of your own bed or he can use the results of your already existing sleep study. Should you decide to use our take home test, your results are read and you are given a diagnosis by a certified sleep apnea doctor.
If your results show that you indeed are a candidate for OSA, Dr. Claessens can make an oral appliance that offers the same results as the CPAP. With the oral appliance, you can easily travel, there is no loud machine and you don’t have to wear the facial mask while you sleep. Studies have shown that the oral appliance has a 90% compliance rate due to it being easier and more comfortable to wear than the CPAP.